Snowshill in summer

My last visit to Snowshill took place in February when the ground was covered in snow and all the snowdrops were in bloom.  The garden had been opened just for two days for humans to see the beautiful display of snowdrops, and the house, which is full of interesting things, wasn’t open.  My humans decided to visit again in summer, and I was jolly pleased to go along with them.  I was very hungry when we arrived so before exploring tucked into a tasty bowl of vegetable curry.20170729_124908We then set off along the path to explore the estate and the manor house.  The house used to belong to Charles Wade, who started collecting things when he was seven years old.  In 1951 Mr Wade gave the house and its contents to the National Trust.  The first interesting item that I spotted was a windmill with lots of little wooden men that moved around as the sails turned.IMG_0609The windmill is a replica of the original one which is kept inside to protect it from the weather.  The windmill was on a tall post, not on top of my head as in this photo!IMG_0615Further along I was delighted to find a special area for bears, though the humans said it was for children really.IMG_0621I spent a while exploring; the humans couldn’t see where I was until I popped up over the fence.IMG_0628I was very pleased to find a little bear shelter in the woods too.IMG_0624In the orchard I climbed up into one of the trees to get a closer look at the shiny red apples.IMG_0639After walking up through the cottage gardens I clambered up onto a wall to have a look at all the doves sat on top of the dove cote.IMG_0651I forgot to ‘mind my head’ in a couple of places but as my head is quite soft luckily it didn’t hurt much.IMG_0655There was a bear sized typewriter of the sort that would have been used during the first world war.  I like being able to see the type hammers going up and down hitting the paper on old-fashioned typewriters.  IMG_0658Here I am outside the main Manor House.  Mr Wade didn’t live inside the Manor House, he had lived in a much smaller building in the garden called The Priest’s House.  Over 400 years ago the house and gardens were part of an Abbey.IMG_0674This is the bathroom in the Priest’s house.  The bath looked very deep; Mr Wade must have been able to sit in it with the water right up to his neck.IMG_0663In this photo Mr Wade’s box bed is just behind me.  IMG_0665We went outside again and I had a little rest as my legs were starting to feel a bit tired.IMG_0681The model village next the ‘harbour’ was full of tiny houses too small for bears.  They were replicas as the ones that Mr Wade made are kept inside nowadays to stop them being damaged by the weather.IMG_0697When we went into the manor house I found the original houses stored high up on some shelves.IMG_0703There were several trunks inside the house with very complex locking mechanisms. This one is over 400 years old.  I think it must have been very difficult to open without the key.IMG_0702There weren’t any bears on display anywhere though I did find some other ancient animals and dolls locked up in a glass case.  They all looked a bit worried.IMG_0706Upstairs we found an amazing display of very old bicycles.  I rather like this one, the seat looks just the right size for me.  Unfortunately as everything  is so very old I wasn’t able to try it out.IMG_0709Here I am in front of a huge clock that was telling the wrong time!20170729_143630I don’t know whether Mr Wade was able to play any musical instruments but he certainly collected many.  20170729_144255I wondered whether all the buckets were there in case of fire or whether Mr Wade just liked buckets!20170729_144136 I tried to have a conversation with chap but I don’t think anyone was inside!20170729_144932This is not a bear sized helmet!20170729_153823After being inside the helmet I needed some fresh air so went outside to explore in the  kitchen garden.  The yellow courgettes were growing well.20170729_150101(0)There were some courgettes being sold on the produce table but my humans forgot to buy them; I think they got distracted by the lovely sweet peas in the bucket.20170729_145652Sheep live in the field outside.  They had all recently been shorn and so were looking quite thin.20170729_150305I’m not sure what this plant is, but the bees certainly like it.  20170729_145829Wandering back up to the entrance I managed to get caught up in a burdock plant.  The humans managed to free me;  then I carried a few seeds along with me a for while before brushing them off my fur. 20170729_150845(0)This was a good visit food wise.  Before leaving it was necessary to have afternoon tea.  Yum, yum, yum.20170729_152042

Snowshill is a very interesting place to visit for humans and bears (there are many fascinating objects in the house that I haven’t mentioned here).   Well worth visiting.

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Painswick Rococo Garden

My humans are great at finding places to visit that are good for bears.  Painswick Rococo Garden is one such place with lots of interesting areas and little buildings (follies) to explore.  It has been there a very long time as was designed in the 1740s.

I had a good look at the map before we went into the garden.img_9666

The first thing that struck me in the garden was the number of snowdrops.  I didn’t have time to count them all but I think there must have been thousands. img_9547I was very keen to find the follies.  Follies have a tendency to be of good size for bears.  The first one I found was quite big though – The Eagle House.img_9541I was jolly pleased to come across an adventure playground and stopped for while to play on the swing.img_9563There was a little wicker house near the swing that the Queen sits in when she visits.img_9555

I came across some really huge chestnuts…img_9565Nearby there was another folly.  It took me a while to get up the steep steps to have a look inside.img_9568

After climbing up onto the seat I had a little rest and sat and watched the world go by for a little while.img_9548I am fond of honey bees, so was very pleased to find some hives, and signs warning people to leave the bees alone.  The bees were all asleep in the hive for winter.

img_9576Further along the path a magificent fairy tale castle was perched right up on top of an old tree stump.  I wondered whether tiny bears might live there, but further inspection revealed that it had been carved out of the tree, so was solid inside. img_9586This little hut was just the right size for me. It is known as ‘The Hermitage’ and is a replica of the one that would have been there over 250 years ago.img_9591I decided to spend a bit of time being thoughtful in The Hermitage.img_9590There is a stream running through the garden with lots of ferns and mossy stones.  I very much enjoy exploring such places, but the ground was very soggy and slippy making it difficult for me to remain standing (I was designed to sit) so I didn’t spend long there.img_9596The plunge pool looked a bit cold and deep for bears.  One of the nearby trees was wrapped in a blanket to protect it from frost.img_9601I had a little paddle in the water that was feeding the plunge pool – wellies are jolly useful sometimes!img_9617Here I am with another folly.  It is rather splendid and makes me look very small.img_9620The maze is a more recent addition to the rococo garden.  I studied it for a while before entering it as did not wish to get stuck in there!img_9635 I peeped up over the hedge a few times and my humans managed to get a photo of me! img_9630Wet snow was starting to fall so I was very pleased indeed to come across this little house to shelter in.img_9656Before we left I had one last look at the beautiful snowdrops.IMG_9647.JPGI  very much enjoyed visiting Painswick Rococo Garden – a good place for bears and their humans; I think young humans would probably like it too.img_9665

Horace the Alresford Bear 13/2/17

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Snowdrops in the snow at Snowshill

I enjoy all the seasons but I think spring is probably my favourite time.   There are some plants that let us know that although it is still winter, Spring isn’t far away.  The dear little snowdrop is one such plant, and lots of them can be found at Snowshill Manor at this time of year.  The gardens aren’t usually open in winter but those nice people at The National Trust open them up especially for people (and bears) to see the snowdrops.snowshill

I was glad Paddington agreed to lend me his red wellingtons for the visit, as it was snowing as we walked around and although having fur I am quite hardy, my feet are not fond of getting cold and wet.   The snowdrops were beautiful and created a very peaceful scene.snowshill6We walked around the rest of the gardens, though at this time of the year most plants are still asleep for winter.  Here is a selfie of me with the Dove Cote behind me; you might be able to spot a dove peeping out of the window. snowshill2

There were lots of interesting things around, such as this bell post…snowshill1The former owner of Snowshill Manor used to collect things, such as penny farthing bicycles.  The Manor House was shut though (as the estate was only open for snowdrop viewing), so I will have to make sure the humans return in the summer in order to fully explore. All the benches that people sit on in summer were stored inside this barn.  snowshill5On the way back I climbed up onto a dry stone wall for a photo shoot.  I am quite fascinated by the way snow sticks to some things and not to others.  The snow seemed to like the wall.  snowshill7

One of the joys of visiting National Trust properties is the trip to the tearoom; especially welcome when paws are feeling a tad frozen.  Yum yum yum….snowshill8 Another feature I enjoy are National Trust produce tables where plants and vegetables grown on the premises are offered for sale by a donation.  I chose several pots of snowdrops to take home; I do hope they grow in my city garden.snowshill3

On arriving home I placed them where I can see them from the window.  They will be planted out when the weather improves.snowshill4

Horace the Alresford Bear  12/2/2017

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